Wednesday, October 4, 2017

We are counting down the days!! Only about two weeks till we move in to our house and we can hardly even stand it. I am SO ready to be settled again, I cannot even tell you. I've never taken our home for granted but I have a whole new appreciation for a home base. I plan to move in and not leave the house for weeks. :)

I mentioned that many of our friends and family have asked what I'll do now that we're moving into a house that is "done." HA! Same thing I did before...tweak it for years to make it ours. I cannot wait! Even though we got to pick out everything for the house there's plenty we didn't do for cost reasons or because I wanted to live in the house first. And there's plenty I'll do to add my personal touches. 

I have a long list, and one of the rooms I'm most excited about is my office. It's going to have a different feel than the craft room/office I created for us in our last house. That one was fun, bright and white. This one will be just for me (the family will use it occasionally) so I want to do something a little different. I've known what I'm doing pretty much from the start, which is rare for me. Usually I have to sit on it for awhile. 

Here's a reminder of the room, this was before flooring went in obviously: 

We did carpet in here to save money (and in our master as well) and someday I'd love to put our hardwoods in. But for now I'm digging the comfy feel. 

I have three windows in this room -- one small one you can see in the photo and two to the right. The room gets GREAT light. I just love this space. My immediate thought when I walked in here the first time, even without windows and drywall, was it was screaming for these at the back of the room: 

Right?? A perfect spot! If you missed my post on those earlier this week you can go here to see more about my DIY bookcases

I may have to change things up a bit because of that little window -- either the bookcases won't be as deep as they were before and will go just to the window (which is nearly a foot), or I'll build them to sit in the middle of the wall with just a bit of space on either side. (More like a large piece of furniture.)

But I have a big change in mind for these -- Merrin happens to live near me and when she showed me their version of our built ins, I was drooling: 

One, because it was almost exactly what I envisioned for the layout of this room, and two, because I absolutely LOVE that they painted them gray. It's just moody and pretty and I love it. 

I love that I inspired her and in turn she inspired me! So I think that will be the direction of the color. 

I showed you the desk last week -- I've always loved this one and I can just see it in my mind in this space: 

It will float in the middle of the room under the light. It's nice and long and plenty deep as well. Love that there's a small drawer too. I plan to dress it up a bit with some hardware. 

I've had it in my head that I was going to use this beaded chandelier (also from the library in our old house) over my desk, and since we know the buyers of our house we worked it out ahead of time that I'd come take it down (they have one to replace it):

I LOVE the look of it, but bear with me here. Now I can't decide which way to go, because it doesn't let off good light. We put an outlet in the floor so I can plug in a lamp on the desk, but I'd still like a good source of light from the ceiling too. 

This is what it does when turned on: 

I first tried it under the table in our kitchen and with that weird cast on the ceiling it was almost dizzying. I hated it in there (at least at night). 

I later put this one up over the table instead, (and they have since replaced it), so now I'm considering this one instead: 

It lets off plenty of direct light, which is what I want in the office. I'm just afraid it may be too big in there. 

Decisions, decisions. I love both, but the practicality of the metal one may win out. 

There's a spot to the right when you walk in the room that is the perfect area for this beauty: 

I measured for it weeks ago and it is going to be a perfect fit. :) I used this for office supplies in our family room so everything will go right back in the drawers when I unpack. 

The wall to the left when you walk in is really long -- I won't put any furniture there but have something in mind from our old house for that wall. It's a biggie. 

The built ins probably won't happen till next year. In fact, I'm going to say they for SURE won't happen till next year. I have promised myself no big DIY projects for the rest of year. The last minute fixes and projects I had to finish up before we moved out of our old house just about did me in, so I need more of a break to focus on the holidays before jumping in to anything new. 

But do you see my vision?? Pretty, right<


  1. exciting. I am past the time in my life when I want to "start over" but like you I am constantly walking around looking for "projects." I bought this house 18 years ago and THOUGHT I made all the major changes/additions I wanted while it was being built. I have spent 18 years knocking out walls, adding on, changing, doing, driving my family! MY QUESTION! What color is the new "office"...I am in the process of trying to pick a new paint color for my master bedroom...will post about it tomorrow. Can you email me the color please!!! Thanks!

  2. Im not sure how low that window is, but you could do built-ins right to it and then frame that end of the bookcase around the window

  3. So exciting! Whatever you decide, it will be lovely. I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

  4. I really can't wait to see your magic yet again! Excited for your upcoming posts!

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  5. Although pretty, that beaded light is probably not the best choice for an office. Those patterns and shadows would drive me nuts while trying to work. Can't wait to see what you decide. I know it will be fabulous! I know wood floors are all the rage but I love wall to wall carpet in bedrooms. I need that coziness and even a large area rug for those rooms doesn't do it for me. Mind you, I do love the look, but...

  6. I love the direction you are taking with your office! I am doing a gray fireplace wall and thinking about Chelsey Gray but love the color in your picture. Just wondering if you know what that color is? Thank you!


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